Winners of the NAMM Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC Awards) were announced in a virtual event on the final day of NAMM’s Believe in Music Week. Presented by NAMM on Believe TV, the annual event recognized the highest achievements in the pro-audio and sound worlds of music-making, live performances, video games, television and films.

“Despite the global pandemic, the industry continued to innovate, creating one of the largest collectives of product nominees in the 35-year history of the awards,” shared Eric Geer, TEC entries & nominations supervisor. “And given the world engaged in virtual interaction on an unprecedented level, the products honored helped connect us all by delivering music and sound across the world.”

This is the first time that award content, including category and a 35-year retrospective videos, were streamed live to Believe in Music attendees for free. Viewers enjoyed companies and experts who were feted in 22 Technical Achievement categories and seven Creative Achievement categories. Find the full list of winners below:


Amplification Hardware – Studio & Sound Reinforcement: JBL – DSi 2.0

Audio Apps & Hardware/Peripherals for Smartphones & Tablets: Eventide – Blackhole

Computer Audio Hardware: Universal Audio – Apollo x4

DJ Production Technology: Native Instruments – TRAKTOR KONTROL S3

Headphone/Earpiece Technology: AKG – K300 Series

Large Format Console Technology: Solid State Logic – ORIGIN

Microphone Preamplifiers: Neve – 1073OPX

Microphones – Recording: AKG – Lyra

Microphones – Sound Reinforcement: sE Electronics – V Series for Drums

Musical Instrument Amplification & Effects: Ampeg – Heritage 50th Anniversary SVT

Musical Instrument Hardware: Moog – Matriarch

Musical Instrument Software: Celemony – Melodyne 5

Production Essentials: Audinate Dante AVIO Adapters

Signal Processing Hardware: API – 2500+ Stereo Bus Compressor

Signal Processing Hardware – 500 Series Modules: AMS Neve – RMX16

Signal Processing Software – Dynamics/EQ/Utilities: Universal Audio – Neve 1084 Preamp & EQ Plug-In

Signal Processing Software – Effects: Waves – Abbey Road Saturator

Small Format Console Technology: Allen & Heath – Avantis

Sound Reinforcement Loudspeakers: JBL – EON ONE Compact

Studio Monitors: Genelec – W371A Adaptive Woofer System

Wireless Technology: Shure – Axient Digital AD3 plug-on wireless transmitter

Workstation Technology/Recording Devices: Universal Audio – LUNA Recording System


Studio Design Project: Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU-FM Design

Film Sound Production: “1917,” Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures/Entertainment One

Interactive Entertainment Sound Production: “Star Wars Jedi – Fallen Order,” Respawn Entertainment

Record Production/Album: Hyperspace, Beck, Capitol Records

Record Production/Single or Track: Fear Inoculum, Tool, Tool Dissectional and Volcano and RCA

Remote Production/Recording or Broadcast: “Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince,” CBS

Television Sound Production: “The Mandalorian (Season 1),” Disney+

If you missed the event premiere, parts of the program are still viewable after registering online at

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